West Indies face battle
Wellington - New Zealand claimed the upper hand in the second Test on Thursday
with the West Indies on 158-4 and key batsmen Darren Bravo and
Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in the pavilion.
At the end of the
rain-abbreviated second day, in which only 63.1 of the scheduled 90
overs were bowled, the West Indies trailed New Zealand's first innings
of 441 by 283.
Only Kirk Edwards and Marlon Samuels provided any
stern resistance with well compiled half centuries. Samuels was not out
50 and Narsingh Deonarine was on 11.
New Zealand all-rounder Corey
Anderson, in only his fourth Test, made the crucial breakthroughs for
his team, removing first Test double centurion Darren Bravo for four and
Edwards for 55.
The West Indies made a positive start as Edwards
and Kieran Powell progressed to 46 with New Zealand new-ball partners
Trent Boult and Tim Southee moving the ball around and finding plenty to
appeal about but nothing that impressed the umpires.
eventually rewarded with an lbw decision against Powell on 21 while
Boult came back in his second spell to remove Chanderpaul.
unable to reproduce his marathon innings of the first Test, faced 12
balls before he edged Anderson to second slip Peter Fulton.
who had looked assured on his way to a half century, was undone by a
full Anderson delivery which he tried to turn to the leg side but sent a
leading edge to Hamish Rutherford at cover.
Anderson, who has
figures of two for 20, was again in the play to remove Chanderpaul for
six when he took a fine catch at cover point.
New Zealand resumed the day at 307-6 and cracked a rollicking 134 runs to be all out on the stroke of lunch.
was an impressive total on a wicket rated favourable to the quick
bowlers, although the West Indies were guilty of too many short, wide,
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling was the mainstay of the late attack which ended when he was removed for 65.
Watling and Southee opened the day with 27 runs in 26 balls before Southee was dismissed, caught at deep square leg for 21.
Sodhi chimed in with 27 off 35 balls in a cameo peppered with quick
singles before he was caught behind off Tino Best who was quickly to go
from hero to villain.
Best removed Neil Wagner with his next ball to be on a hat-trick only for Boult to crush those hopes.
not only avoided the hat-trick but in the next over he skied a Shane
Shillingford delivery, which Best spilled over the ropes, turning a
chance to wrap up the innings into a six.
Boult was particularly
severe on Shillingford, belting 14 off one over, as he and Watling set a
record 10th-wicket partnership for New Zealand against the West Indies
Best was the most successful of the West Indies bowlers, with four for 110.
The day's play was twice disrupted by rain, with the start delayed by 75 minutes and the entire middle session washed out.